Graduate Faculty Model

A member of the Graduate Faculty at Georgia Southern University must be an active, productive, creative scholar or creative performer in his/her discipline. Graduate Faculty must be involved in the current knowledge, methods, and techniques of their disciplines. This modeling of sustained scholarship/performance is the cornerstone of quality graduate education.

There are two categories of Graduate Faculty: Member and Affiliate. Members of the Graduate Faculty are professorial faculty on tenured or tenure-track appointments. Affiliate Graduate Faculty include research appointees, visiting, temporary, adjunct, or part-time faculty who may appropriately teach graduate classes and serve on thesis and dissertation committees. Affiliate can also be used to recognize outstanding scholars, including those who work in government agencies, private industry, healthcare, and education, who are not full-time employees of Georgia Southern University whom the College of Graduate Studies welcomes to participate on thesis and dissertation committees.


The prerogatives of the two (2) categories of Graduate Faculty are listed below:

Members are eligible
  • to teach graduate courses.
  • for memberships on university graduate committees.
  • to serve on comprehensive examination committees.
  • to direct and/or chair master’s theses committees as approved by the department/school or division.
  • to direct and/or chair doctoral dissertation committees as approved by the department/school or division.
Affiliates are eligible
  • to teach graduate courses.
  • to serve on comprehensive examination committees.
  • for membership on and/or co-chair master’s theses committees as approved by the department/school or division.
  • for membership on and/or co-chair doctoral dissertation committees as approved by the department/school or division.

University-wide Criteria


Minimum Criteria for Appointment to the Member Category
  1. An earned terminal degree.
  2. Demonstrated ability to teach graduate courses.
  3. Demonstrated involvement in graduate programming and curriculum, including advising responsibilities and directing student research.
  4. Demonstrated evidence of scholarly activity.

Note: By being hired as a tenure-track faculty member at Georgia Southern University, a faculty member has fulfilled items 2, 3 and 4. Tenure-track faculty who satisfy items 1-4 may submit their application for appointment to the member category and follow the procedures that are in place.

Minimum Criteria for Appointment to the Affiliate Category

Note: Faculty seeking affiliate status will submit a current curriculum vitae and the Nomination for Graduate Faculty Form.

Note: Faculty Committees in Departments/Schools, and Colleges may develop additional criteria for Graduate Faculty.

Nomination Materials
Nomination Procedure
  • Nomination Materials endorsed by a faculty committee at the Department/ School level and endorsed by the Department/School Chair.
  • Nomination Materials endorsed at the College Level by the Dean.
  • Nomination Materials endorsed by Graduate Faculty Committee of the Faculty Senate Graduate Committee/Signed by the Chair of the Graduate Committee.
  • Dean of the College of Graduate Studies endorses the nomination and makes the appointment via letter and certificate of appointment.
  • Nomination Materials endorsed by the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Nomination must be endorsed at each level to move through the procedure.

Requests for exceptions to the policies and procedures stated herein must be submitted to the Chair of the Graduate Committee and the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies for approval.

Download the Nomination Form

Jack N. Averitt College of Graduate Studies • PO Box 8008 • 261 Forest Dr • Veazy Hall • Statesboro, GA 30460 • (912) 478 - 2647 • GradSchool@GeorgiaSouthern.edu